January 18, 2022

‘Death to America’ and disinfection dance feature in North Korean kids concert

Annual performance promotes pandemic measures, redemption for wayward youth and other propaganda lines for new year

North Korea incorporated COVID-19 education into its annual top-tier New Year’s children’s concert for the first time this week, as case numbers soar worldwide and the ruling party calls “anti-epidemic work” the “number one priority” in the new year.

A performance about pandemic protocols featured dancing hand sanitizer bottles and lyrics urging children to follow the rules to prevent “big problems.” The event aired in full on state TV on Jan. 2.